Local Business Assistance
The City of Lake Forest is committed to the health of our business community. There are a number of resources and programs available to local businesses impacted by teh COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to visit the links below that support our local businsses and local economy.
Business is Open!
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of businesses thare are open and providing essential services to residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, grassroots organizers have compiled a list of restaurants and food service establishments that offer takeout and carryout services during this time. Visit the LF/LB Takeout Facebook Group to learn more!
The City encourages everyone to support local businesses during this time of emergency, however, please know that the City is not affiliated or in partnership wtih these businesses and has no control over the services they provide. These links are being provided for informational purposes only. You are encouraged to contact businesses directly with any questions or concerns.
City Launches Local Business Grant Program
The City of Lake Forest has launched a local business grant program intended to demosntrate support for the Lake Forest business community. Grant amount payments will be based on sales generated by participating businesses for March 2020 through December 2020. Below is more information about this program.
Additonal Financial Relief and Assistance Information
There are a number of financial assistance programs for small and mid-size businesses from various departments through both State and Federal government agencies. These programs are continuing to evolve, and in some cases, the rules are still being defined. If you are a small business owner, we encourage you to visit these resources to stay up-to-date:
The State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website also includes information on economic assistance and other financial assistance programs including loans, unemployment insurance, utility relief, and others for businesses.